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COVID Crisis in Ohio Immigration Jail

“Human Lives Must Be Worth More Than a Federal Contract” Mt. Gilead, OH – Yesterday, a federal Judge in the Southern District of Ohio ordered the release of three men in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, who are at high risk for serious illness or death if they contract coronavirus. This is the result […]

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Morrow County Jail in COVID Crisis

Mt. Gilead, OH – Over the weekend, ten inmates at the Morrow County Jail tested positive for COVID-19. Most if not all are immigrants held on civil immigration charges for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On Friday night, the ACLU of Ohio sued ICE, demanding the release of medically-vulnerable immigrants currently detained in Butler and […]

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As COVID Spreads in Jails, Ohioans Demand Release of Loved Ones

Columbus, OH – Governor DeWine and Health Department Director Dr. Amy Acton failed to include Ohio prisons and jails in their COVID-19 harm reduction plan. Now, inmates, staff members, and their loved ones are paying the price. Just last night, we learned that an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainee at the Morrow County Jail […]

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Join the #FreeThemAll Car Rally on 4/24 in Columbus!

Friday, April 23, Ohio leaders are organizing a car rally in Columbus to demand the release of Ohio inmates and immigration detainees so that they do not catch COVID-19 in jail. The goal is to release “20,00ok in May” from Ohio’s vastly over-crowded jails and prisons. Meet at 11am at 15200 Westpointe Plaza Drive in […]

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OHIA to Congress: Include Immigrants in COVID-19 Relief

Today, the Ohio Immigrant Alliance and nearly 200 other organizations sent a letter to Congress expressing support for the Federal Immigrant Release for Safety and Security Together (FIRST) Act, legislation sponsored by Senator Booker and Representative Jayapal. This bill provides vital protections for immigrant families during the COVID-19 pandemic, protections that were were excluded from […]

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Will Gov. DeWine Acknowledge COVID-19 Vulnerability of Immigration Detainees?

Columbus, OH – Governor DeWine has hinted that a plan to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio jails and prisons may be coming–albeit weeks too late. Four county jails in Ohio–Butler, Morrow, Geauga, and Seneca–currently house federal immigration detainees (people being held due to civil violations).  “There is absolutely no reason why immigrants need […]

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QUOTES: “Don’t let us die in here” – Inmates Speak Out on COVID-19

Read on for quotes from Americans and immigrants living in jails during the COVID-19 crisis. A common theme is feeling that they are being left to die. Doctors and family members have also called for their release. #FreeThemAll4PublicHealth Download the document here: In Their Own Words_April 2020 In Their Own Words Incarcerated People Talk About […]

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On Jail Release, DeWine and Acton’s Failure to Act is Costing Lives

Columbus, OH – In today’s daily press briefing, Governor Mike DeWine laid out a half-hearted plan in response to criticism of his handling of jails and prisons during the COVID-19 crisis.  Medical doctors, judges, and even sheriffs have been warning that the mass release of incarcerated people is vital to preventing uncontrollable outbreaks in jails […]

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QUOTES: Families Worry About Incarcerated Loved Ones During COVID-19

“I know to some in this world, they are just inmates. But this particular inmate is my world.” – the wife of man currently incarcerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on for more quotes from loved ones filled with worry and despair as incarcerated people are left to fend for themselves and try to avoid […]